National Story Telling Week 2016

Get ready for National Story Telling Week 2016, from 30 January to 6 February. The event, co-ordinated by the Society for Story Telling, and celebrated across the country, brings together tellers and listeners, professionals and enthusiasts, to celebrate the power of the spoken story as a traditional craft, as a modern form of entertainment and… Continue reading National Story Telling Week 2016

The Catcher in the rye by John Salinger

About the book A 16-year-old American boy relates in his own words the experiences he goes through at school and after, and reveals with unusual candour the workings of his own mind. What does a boy in his teens think and feel about his teachers, parents, friends and acquaintances? Reviewed by Hawkley Book Group An… Continue reading The Catcher in the rye by John Salinger

Bad blood by Lorna Sage

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About the book Bad Blood brings alive in vivid detail a time - the 40s and 50s - not so distant from us but now disappeared. It tells the story of a childhood and adolescence dominated by an array of family members. Reviewed by New Forest/Waterside U3A theatre and literature group The group rated this… Continue reading Bad blood by Lorna Sage

That Old Ace in the hole by Annie Proulx

About the book Folks in the Texas panhandle do not like hog farms. But Bob Dollar is determined to see his new job as hog site scout for Global Pork Rind through to the end. However he is forced to face the idiosyncratic inhabitants of Woolybucket and to question his own notions of loyalty and… Continue reading That Old Ace in the hole by Annie Proulx

The Shipping news by Annie Proulx

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About the book A darkly comic portrait of human life and possibility. Quoyle is a hopeless hack journalist working in New York. When his two-timing wife dies in a road accident, he retreats to his ancestral home on the coast of Newfoundland where he must confront the unpredictable forces of nature and society. Reviewed by… Continue reading The Shipping news by Annie Proulx

Lemon sherbet and dolly blue by Lynn Knight

About the book It is said that you can't choose your relatives but some of Lynn Knight's family did. Three generations were adopted, and adopted in three distinct ways. 'Lemon Sherbet and Dolly Blue' tells their extraordinary story. Reviewed by Bridewell Beauties Told through the eyes of her family and gives a very good account… Continue reading Lemon sherbet and dolly blue by Lynn Knight

The unlikely pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce

About the book When Harold Fry nips out one morning to post a letter, leaving his wife hoovering upstairs, he has no idea that he is about to walk from one end of the country to the other. He has no hiking boots or map, let alone a compass, waterproof or mobile phone. All he… Continue reading The unlikely pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce

Across the bridge by Morag Joss

About the book When a bridge collapses in the Highlands of Scotland, dozens of people vanish into the river below. A car hired by a woman tourist was filmed pulling onto the bridge moments before it fell. Now numbered among the missing, the woman seized her chance to start her life over. Reviewed by Fareham… Continue reading Across the bridge by Morag Joss

The Queen of new beginnings by Erica James

About the book Clayton Miller's life is a mess. His career as one of the country's best comedy script writers has stalled and his long-term term girlfriend has left him. Just when he thinks his life can't get any worse, he commits a spectacularly public fall from grace and is banished to the middle of… Continue reading The Queen of new beginnings by Erica James

The Good father by Noah Hawley

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About the book America is rocked by the shooting of a presidential candidate and the young man arrested for the crime is Danny, the child of Dr Paul Allen's first marriage - news which sends the family down a harrowing path of no return. Even if he is the only man in the world who… Continue reading The Good father by Noah Hawley